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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 26, 1951, Mason City, Iowa                                North Iowas Doily Newspaper far tiw MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE TNI MIWIFAMI THAT MAKIS AIL NOtTM IOWANS NtlttMIOKf HOME EDITION VOL LVII PreM and United Pnw Full Wirw Cento MASON CITr 1OHA TUESDAY JUNE Piper Coiultti of Two StS lreo Sform Damage Mounts to Millions Duncan Is Wrecked r Red Cross Takes Aid to Families The Cerro Gordo county Rec Cross chapter moved into Duncan Tuesday with aid for tornado stricken Hancock county families Food and rehabilitation materi als were to be made available to storm victims at a canteen in Dun can according to Robert Mott Cerro Gordo Red Cross disaster chairman A tent was provided by the Ma City Tent and Awning com pany and the Hermanson dairy was providing free coffee Mot said Relief work was correlated with the efforts of the Hancock county volunteer Red Cross chap ter E W Templeton Garner at torney is chairman of the Han STORM STREWS hit by the storm was the town of Duncan The tornado swept in from the southwest upper center of the picture toward the northeast lower right It ripped apart two large brick structures the community hall and Catholic church GlobeGazette photo by Sorlien upper center The roof of Peter Faladas general store can be seen with one end on the ground beside highway 18 left center Along the Mil waukee tracks upper left 29 freight cars were overturned Lie Hopes Cease Fire Talks Lead to Peace By BRUCE W MUNN United Press Staff Correspondent United Nations N Y Nations Secretary General Trygve Lie said Tuesdaya he was hopeful for peace in Korea because of Russias proposal for a ceasefire Hurrying back to New York from Oslo Norway Lie said in London that the cease fire offer of Chief Soviet UN Delegate Jacob A must be taken seriously Before he left Oslo the UN leader said the Soviet Union pro posal would come before a special session of the UN general as sembly Wednesday afternoon The UN press department here reporting the conference in London said that when Liewas asked about the Oslo report of a special assembly session Wednes day he replied you are confused You are thinking about the special meeting for the president of Ecuador That session was held Tuesday Lie stopped in London for a hasty conference with top British officials and took off for New York at p m I am always hopeful and am hopeful in this situation Lie said in a statement at the air port Sometimes I have been dis appointed Sometimes my hopes have been filled I am sure Mr Maliks statement must be taken seriously Iran Oil Fight Takes Serious Turn London Tuesday ordered the cruiser Mauritius to proceed forthwith to the vicin ity of Abadan the Iranian oil port where 27 tankers are caught in a jam in a dispute over pay ments for oil British Foreign Secretary Her bert Morrison announcing the action in the house of commons said the Britishowned Anglo Iranian Oil company has ordered all its tankers to leave Abadan immediately Ten of the tankers are loaded with oil but have been refused clearance by Iranian authorities because the captains refused to sign receipts acknowledging pay mentwas due Irans new nation alized oil company The captains with oil aboard were told to pump it off if neces sary to obtain clearance Morri son said About The WEATHER Mason City Partly cloudy Tues day night and Wednesday Low Tuesday night 58 High Wednes day 82 Iowa Partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday cooler extreme west Low Tuesday night 55 to 60 northwest and north central 60 to 65 elsewhere High Wed nesday 78 to 84 Further out look Local thundershowers Wednesday night Partly cloudy Thursday and Friday Minnesota Fair Tuesday night cooler southeast Wednesday partly cloudy scattered showers north and west Cooler north west late Wednesday Low Tues day night 4550 northwest 50 55 southeast High Wednesday 7276 northvyest 7681 southeast GlobeGazette weather data up o 8 a m Maxmurn Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 77 61 67 370 89 54 Rain Adds to Misery of Tornado Town By DICK HABE1N it was over the rain fell like it must have for 4C days in the time of Noah On the hill above the highway the crumbled Catholic church was outlined by lightning agains the heavy black sky In what remained of Peter Fa ladas general store a red flare glowed and men passed in anc out of the screen door talking in hushed voices Chicken Spotted Someone poked about in the ruins of the the shiny pots and pans the cartons of merchandise Hey heres a chicken he said That wind must have blown the feathers right off it Nah its a turkey another voice said A dressed turkey Sure its a turkey another voice said and its still good Who wants a turkey A highway patrolman turned his flashlight on the grasscover ed roadside Two chickens their eyes blinking were huddled in the grass Someone ought to do some thing about those chickens the patrolman said They look like goners Peter Falada came out of his store and talked for a minute to Sheriff L M Brower of Hancock county What was it like someone asked Falada Oh Ive told it so many times he answered It came out of the southeast There were 8 of us cuddled in the back of the store No I guess it came out of the southwest Falada then went back into the store where the red flare was nurning A man dogtrotted down from he hill and up to a highway pa trolman Hunts Heifers Theres an old man back here he shouted pointing back oward the direction he had come rom His legs hurt He says hes going into the swamp to look for some heifers that are lost A group of men stood huddled FARM North Iowa farms received the same treatment from the tornado as this one about two milesnortheast of Crystal Lake It was photographed from a plane sent to get pictures of damage at Crystal Lake by the highway some of the 6 inches of rain that fellMonday night running down their backs Look one said The Cross on the church is lit up It sure is A man started running up the hill Its just the ambulance shin ing a light on the cross he shout ed back A photographer wants to take a picture Seventy nine year old Mrs Mary Yurich sat in the home of her daughterinlaw Mrs Albina Yurich Both are widows The motherinlaw sat beside a table I was just eating my supper she said when it got black and began to hail I couldnt open the door We had just repapered my house and now I dont know what were going to do On the Milwaukee road crews struggled to free the line from more than 20 boxcars which had been tipped over by the tornado They worked throughout the night and a section foreman said he didnt know how many cars had been tipped over As they worked a highway pa trolman walked along the rail road Seen anything of an old gen tleman whos hurt and looking for some heifers he asked Study Ruins The village of Duncan which ike most other country villages sleeps during the night stirred restlessly until dawn and then its citizens many of whom had found shelter in what was left of the lomes of neighbors came out and segan looking through the ruins One of the first citizens of Dun an to appear was a little dog It belonged to the children of Mr and Mrs Delbert Mays Mrs Mays and her two children had stood in their home while it was blown away Monday afternoon The ittle dog still shivering and very wet emerged from a clump of srush near what had been the home Shortly after 7 a m Tuesday he Right Rev W C Hradecky iO sat down to a breakfast of 3acon and eggs in the home of good brick home hat had been only slightly dam aged in the tornado We have no plans to rebuild he he said until I lear from the archbishop of Du Duque Isnt it interesting the statue of St Joseph was not dam aged and although the statue of he Blessed Mother was tipped over I dont think it was damaged either Father Hradecky was in Gar ler when the tornado hit but re turned and took the Blessed Sac rament from the ruined church In Basement His housekeeper Miss Louise 3ala 52 was in the rectory when the tornado struck I was in the basement she said and it was so black and dusty I did not see anything The rectory was almost demol shed And so the people of Duncan relived their time of horror in Tuesdays early morning hours As the morning wore on hundreds of automobiles descended on the from all directions In ime it became hard to find a resi dent of Duncan They stayed close o what had been their homes and courteously answered the questions of the curious Nobody paid much attention to us before this said one resident as he picked up a board and placed t across some muddy ground Yon Figure It Out Greenfield N H one could figure out why an 18 year old Muscovy drake on the Zilles cn farm sat bn a duck egg and Damage in Derailment engine and 13 cars of an M St L freight train pulling 48 cars were derailed aboul 200 yards from the station here early Tuesday causing a loss es timated at The wreck was attributed to flood waters from the storm Monday afternoon washing out the track The train was made upvat Mar shalltown and was on its way to Mason City at a m Two oil tank cars turned over when the engine sank into the mire fol lowed by one car of gasoline one car of creosoted telephone poles and one car of stoker coal The other cars off the track were empties The field on which the wreck occurred Avas flooded for the firsl time in32 years The waters ran over the roadbed and washed out a culvert Fortunately the engine had just slowed down a few mo ments before because of a herd of cattle on the track The train crew consisted ol Jack Fortier front brakeman Ed Hpwell engineer and Everett Girard fireman of Marshall town and Max Crother conductor and John Gregson rear brakeman both of Mason City P M Jordan special agent of the M St L was dispatched to the scene of the wreck Two pas senger and 5 Ime freight trains will be delayed for more than 24 hours before the track can be cleared The oil car was destined to Sheffield the empties to the Shef field Brick Tile company and one oil and one coal car to Hamp ton NARCOTICS FINE ASKED Washington bill which would fix the penalty for the sale of narcotics to minors at life im prisonment and a fine of not more than was introduced Mon day by Rep Talle cock county group The midwest area Red Cross headquarters at St Louis Mo was contacted early Tuesday anc Miss Lucile Fristoe Red Cross field representative was assignee to help organize a relief program Mott said The Cerro Gordo chapter is anxious to aid in any way pos sible Mott Declared Accompan ied by Mrs Mott and Mrs Miriam Grassfield assistant executive sec retary of the Cerro Gordo chap ter Mott visited the stricken area Monday night following the nado Girl Stunned as Lightning Strikes Barn struck the barn then the farm home of Morris Midlang the boltlcnock ing down his 10yearold daugh ter Donna 5 miles southwest o Kensett about pm Monday Fire started in the barn but was put out by the rain Fire also started in the base ment of the home and spread to the upstairs through the cold and hot air registers and ignited a barrel of oil in the basement The Kensett and Northwooc fire departments went to the fire Smoke and water damaged the first floor of the home and base ment Donna was knocked down when the lightning hit the barn MARK MORTON DIES Chicaro Morton 92 cofounder of the Morton Salt company and son of J Sterling Morton territorial governor of Nebraska died Monday night He was the first secretary of agricul ture and founder of Arbor day Sports Bulletin LES JOHNSTONE WINS DCS Johnstone Mason City defeated Herbert Rosenberg Des Moines 43 here Tuesday to enter the second round of the Iowa Amateur golf tournament Another Mason Cityan Bill Matbls lost to Wayne Harrcll Boone 76 i North Iowa Crop Destruction Heavy By Staff Representatives Millions of dollars of damage was done by wind hail and rain storms which struck North Iowa late Monday afternoon and again after midnight There was not a single building in the town of Duncan which was not damaged by a tornado which ripped a 13 mile path from southwest to northeast across Hancock county just after 5 p m At Crystal Lake 75 per cent of the buildings were dam aged and dozens of farms on both sides and between the two towns were hit Most Serious But the roost serious damage dollarwise was to crops over a much wider area hit by severe hail storms and rains varying from 5 inches at Clear Lake to an estimated 9 inches in Han cock county Observers in air planes over that area estimatec more than a 4th of the cultivated land under water Tuesday fore noon and told of terrific ero sion damage on hillsides Only one person was reportec seriously injured although dozens had their homes literally rippec away over their heads and scat tered across nearby fields Mrs Melvin Haxtqn Britt was in critical condition in Mercy hos pital at Mason City with a serious back injury The only other persons report ed hospitalized Tuesday were Mrs Ernest Malek and baby son o Duncan also in Mercy hospital Mrs Malek was reported in fair condition and the baby as good Buildings Fall At Duncan St Wenceslaus Catholic church and the commu nity hall both brick buildings were wrecked along with the Falada general store the black smith shop and 8 homes Homes Listed The homes included those of Frank Liska a house and garage levelled Ed Hrubes house and garage destroyed Jim Dravek two month old home a total loss Frank Schoun Hancock coun ty supervisor his home granary and hoghouse destroyed Frank Hadacek home and all farm buildings on edge of town blown flat Frank J Falada home levelled Eugene Kudej home destroyed A son Darland was on a tractor nearby when the storm hit and was thrown off and his leg injured when the tractor was tipped over by the tornado He was treated and released Delbert May home scattered owned by John Zrostlik Mrs May and two children were huddled on the floor of the kitchen when the storm picked up the house and scattered it in the adjoining field The mother and children were only slightly hurt Roofs Shaken At Crystal Lake 75 per cent of he homes were damaged but the storm seemed to have hit mainly he roofs and not to have reached he ground The roof was blown off the 3 story brick schoolhouse and the roof of the John Deere Implement tore was slammed against the Standard Oil station A number of homes also lost their roofs Other persons injured none seriously were A daughter of Mr and Mrs John Baker Crystal Lake hurt when the trailer home was tipped over William Paca farmer J mile north of Duncan where all build ings were a total loss Mrs Ernest Malek and baby son of Duncan also in a Mason City hospital Mrs Roxie Reece Britt who was in a car with Mrs Haxton parked in front of the Falada store The car was pushed about 50 feet and slammed against the living quarters in the rear of store Ha field The town of Hayfield directly in the path of the storm miracu lously escaped the tornado pre sumably having jumped ove it Paca was on his way from Duncan to his farm home just J of a mile north when he saw the twister level his house barn and all outbuildings When he reached the home he found his wife and 4 children safe in the basement uninjured At Crystal Lake 3 homes were demolished They were those of Curtis Jumpp Floyd Anderson and Homer Farrell On iarms nearby all buildings were de molished on the Hex Austin and William Peck farms Barns and outbuildings were flattened but houses escaped severe damage on 5 other farms near Crystal Lake belonging to Roy Rogness Jacob Delger Lynn Voiding Julius Jensen and Hans Mortenson All buildings were leveled on the Galen Hauge and Jim Thlack farms near Duncan according to H L Bush Jr Hancock county RE A project superintendent who drove the length of the storm area and was one of the few sources of comprehensive storm damage Other homes damaged at Dun can with a population of 82 but he center of a Bohemian com munity of about 50 square miles ncluded John Hejlik Mrs Joe Vonacek Mrs Albina Urich Mrs Frank Jrich Joe Brcka John Brcka Sr Vtrs Frank Lapitz Tony Hejlik Lewis Urich John Brcka Mrs frank Wellik and Mrs Jim Vrba No definite estimates on crop damage were available It depends on how well grain fields recover torn hail damage and how soon lood waters subside it was ex plained W H Nicholas lieutenant gov ernor of Iowa said his loss was he greatest in his 30 years of farming About 3000 of his 3 month old turkeys died during the storm He estimated their value netween and each Much of STORE Faladas general store at Duncan was ripped open when the tornado struck The clock in the store stopped at p m Lower walls of the store buckled inward and contents of the second GlobeGazette photo by Sorllcn floor are spilling out Falada and others in the store rushedto the living quarters in the back and escaped There is no basement   

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